- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state contract bridge inspector has been charged with falsifying a safety inspection of an upstate New York bridge.

Fifty-seven-year-old Akram Ahmad of Bridgeport, Connecticut is charged with offering a false instrument for filing, forgery, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He pleaded innocent on Wednesday in Lake Pleasant Justice Court and was released.

Ahmad is accused of falsifying a report he filed after a December 2013 inspection of a bridge over a creek in Hamilton County. State officials say Ahmad listed deficiencies that had been repaired earlier.

New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Ahmad’s report used much of the same language as a 2012 report as if it were copied directly from it.

A call seeking comment from defense attorney Joe Brennan was not immediately returned.

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